Early that day, the prophet entered the temple filled with hundreds of idols. A merchant disguised as a priest, or a priestess collecting money in exchange for a divine favor attended each idol.
The prophet stormed through the temple like a hurricane destroying the idols before any could stop him.
“You have defiled the Holy Temple and reduced it to a merchant’s bazaar feeding off of the secret desires and fears of those who enter seeking salvation.” He chastised all.
His disciples watched and nodded sagely to each other.
Later that day, as the prophet walked ahead, his followers walking behind ridiculed how miserably merchants wailed as their source of revenue was destroyed in front of them.
The gentle face of the prophet turned dark, and he turned. His disciples heard his silent voice thunder within their heart and mind.
“This is the place of the Holy. And in here, within your heart and mind, you carry, cherish and worship your desires , your fears – your idols.
Which is more harmful to you, a merchant who places an idol and peddles favors in a bazaar or a seeker who carries an idol within his heart?
Which idol is harder to break, the one made of clay or the one made of thoughts and feelings?”
The prophet then spoke to his disciples in a gentler voice.
“To reach your goals, you must carefully watch the desires that enter your heart and the thoughts that enter your mind. The image you form and hold within your thoughts and minds control your actions and the experience resulting from your actions.”
As this story replayed in my heart, I looked around and found that my Temple was filled with small and larger idols. In my mind, I found a platform of thoughts supporting each idol.
Once again, I began to clear my thoughts and cleanse my heart to restore the Holy Temple so that it only contains what is significant in my life. I returned to single-minded goal setting.